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sympathy

noun uk   /ˈsɪm.pə.θi/ us  

sympathy noun (UNDERSTANDING)

B2 [U] (an expression of) understanding and care for someone else's suffering: The president has sent a message of sympathy to the relatives of the dead soldiers. I don't have much sympathy for her - I think she's brought her troubles on herself.
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offer/send your sympathies formal to express your sadness to someone because a relation or friend of theirs has recently died: I went along to the funeral in order to offer my sympathies.
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sympathy noun (SUPPORT)

C2 [U] support and agreement: I must confess I have some sympathy with his views.sympathies [plural] support: Of those people questioned, 93 percent said their sympathies were with the teachers. He is known to have right-wing sympathies.come out in sympathy with sb to stop working in order to show your support for other workers who are on strike : The railway workers came out in sympathy with the miners.
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